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SEPTEMBER 18-21, 2019

We would like to first begin with an acknowledgement to the First Peoples; Mi’kmaq, Beothuk, Innu, and Inuit, of these lands, Ktaqmkuk, Nitassinan, Nunatsiavut, and NunatuKavut, that we live, work, and create upon. HOLD FAST recognizes and supports the rights of Indigenous communities in their efforts towards an Indigenous sovereignty and reclamation of stolen voices across Turtle Island. We see, hear, and admire your powerful work. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to work alongside you.

Welcome Artists, local community, and visitors alike to the 19th edition of Eastern Edge’s HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival!

HOLD FAST is a celebration of contemporary art practice held in August in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Now going into its 20th year, HOLD FAST is St. John’s only festival dedicated to contemporary art and the longest running in the province. HOLD FAST regular events are free and open to all. The four-day festival of contemporary art kicks off Wednesday 18th at Quidi Vidi Brewery, continuing with workshops and more. Friday’s Fancy Artist Talk is for finery and cocktails. Saturday’s Art Crawl is the main event, an all-ages creative extravaganza.


Our Headline Artists will be announced in July, WATCH THIS SPACE